ANDHRA PRADESH

Mandava refutes TRS charge

NIZAMABAD DEC. 4. The Minister for School Education, Mandava Venkateswara Rao, on Thursday reiterated the Telugu Desam Party's commitment to development of backward areas in Telangana.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao was speaking to reporters here at the party office to refute the charges levelled by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, against the TDP at the Indur Praja Garjana public meeting last night. Countering the charges of KCR, Mr. Venkateswara Rao, explained how the Telangana region, particularly the agriculturally rich Nizamabad district, was benefited by the TDP rule in the last couple of years.

Asserting that a number of minor and medium irrigation projects were constructed after the TDP came to power, Mr. Venkateswara Rao advised the TRS leaders to know their facts before levelling baseless allegations. He said the TDP while in the Opposition had fought for justice to the Nizamsagar aycutdars after the construction of the Singoor project and Karanja in neighbouring Karnataka across the Manjeera.

He said 20 tmcft water was diverted after the two projects were constructed which affected the Nizamsagar ayacut. He said the projects were constructed during the tenure of the Congress Chief Ministers. He said many projects were taken up in Bodhan, Balkonda and Armoor constituencies. He said a couple of lift irrigation schemes which were pending for years together were completed and commissioned. Lift irrigation schemes worth over Rs. 100 crores had been completed in the last five years. He wondered why the Congress was silent on not providing a single paisa for the Lendi inter-State project. He said it was the Chief Minister, N.Chandrababu Naidu, who had handed the AP Government's share of Rs. 13 crores to the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde last month.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao said that Government is determined to complete the Guthpa Alisagar lift irrigation schemes. He said earlier the works were hampered as relevant permission was delayed and funds could not be allocated.

He said now the Government was in a position to raise funds through bonds for the two lift irrigation schemes. He assured the people that the schemes would be completed as per schedule. He ridiculed the charge of the TRS leader that only Rs. 3 crores had been earmarked for the two schemes. He said in fact Rs. 20 crores had been allocated in the last budget and more funds are being raised.

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